Apr 15, 2015; Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Mark Buehrle: As opposed to the young guns in the rotation, we pretty much know what we’re going to get from the 200 game winner. He has been the definition of consistency. This season, he seems to be following right along with that idea. Mark Buehrle has won both of his starts. He’s 2-0 and has totaled 12 innings. His command is a bit off his career norm at 2.25 BB/9. What is also lower is his K/9 rate of 3.75. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Ideally a pitcher would never strike anyone out because they would throw 27 weak ground balls. Obviously, that is not likely. The point is that the strike out is not the be all and end all.
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But, with Buehrle, he still remains hittable. Hitters hold a .306 mark against him. His WHIP sits at an unsurprising 1.50. But, he’s managed to avoid real trouble by stranding 94.2% of runners. That’s a mark well above his career norms. In fact, it is 20% higher. In fact, he’s only given up 5 earned runs, which is pretty typical, even if 3 of them come via the home run.
Mark Buehrle is freakishly consistent with just about every aspect of his performance. He may not be a #1 or even a #2 pitcher, but right now he is certainly one that is performing better than most of the guys that will one day be considered for those slots in the rotation.
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